Niall Horan and Shawn Mendes' adorable friendship is a true gift to us all. They have such a pure connection and with Niall at 24 years old and Shawn only being 19, it's easy to assume they have a big bro/little bro vibe going on. And bless the angel that is Niall because he confirmed this all in legit the cutest way.

Niall opened up in an interview with Entertainment City about how he truly has nothing but love for Shawn and he's simply just proud of his young friend for accomplishing so much at such a young age.

"I love Shawnie, he's the man. He's great. He keeps saying to me, 'I'm so new to this' and keeps asking me questions and stuff, he's just a great guy," Niall said. "He gets really nervous a lot and I try to chill him out a little bit. He's 18 years old, we all forget. Just because he's [like] 6 foot 5 and looks like Michael Phelps doesn't mean he's not 18! I went to watch his gig and I watched him at the O2 in London I was like this guy is 18 years old and he's selling out arenas on his own all over the world. I was proud of him. He's a good guy. I love that he still lives at home as well, it's great."

Legit this is just too much cuteness to handle all at one time. First of all, Niall calls him Shawnie, which just fills your heart right up with rainbows, sunshine and everything wonderful in life. He literally admitted that Shawn is still growing up and doesn't have everything figured out, so he turns to Niall and Niall is there for him as best he can be. SOBBING.

Niall did mention that he and Shawn "want to do something at some stage" together musically, which we all know would be magic. Shawn was asked by Entertainment Tonight what the status of this possible duet is and it seems to just still a rumor we're all hoping comes true.

"This is a big rumor. We're really good friends and I mean we hang out all the time and we're always like we should write a song, and we're planning on writing a song and then we just end up hanging out, always," Shawn said.

Looks like they simply just well, are buds first and foremost and when they hang out, they're not focused on work. All types of adorable, really. But they did give us a little sneak peak of what this duet could sound like when they both sang Shawn's jam "Mercy" together after the 2016 American Music Awards.

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A true ~moment~ it was. It also looks like fans might be getting one step closer to that dream collab. When Niall sat down for an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple's Beats 1 Radio, the Irish heartthrob kind of alluded that he may just end up writing a track for the "Stitches" singer when asked by the host if there was anything he would like to share. Niall said, "the fans would love to see myself and Shawn Mendes work on something, so I'd love to work with Shawn." It's not much, but it's something so who knows. Until we get the official collab, this will have to do. Always #grateful for their cute AF friendship.

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